Downtown Dubai has been built up from desert conditions over the past 10 years, with the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa at its center, and also features Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, boasting 80 million visitors a year, and the spectacularly choreographed Dubai Fountain. In the final phase of development for this area, Emaar is developing a luxury apartment property on Plot D1D2 that will take its place among the highest quality residences in the Opera District, and is scheduled to open in 2019. It is particularly remarkable that The Lofts residential towers, one of the earliest developments in Downtown, stands on the adjacent site.
Architecture and design
In downtown Grozny on the right bank of the Sunzha River is in full swing the construction of a megascale project. Akhmat Tower is a multi-functional high-rise complex named in honour of the first President of the Chechen Republic, the Hero of Russia Akhmat-Hadji Kadyrov. The MFC Akhmat Tower is being implemented by SMART BUILDING, LLC and involves world-class companies experienced in construction of supertall buildings. The 435 m high tower will be the largest development project in Chechnya and one of the tallest buildings in Russia and Europe. Akhmat Tower will be built in a high seismicity zone, but this fact is not an impediment for the construction, but quite the contrary - a kind of a challenge. The architects and project engineers successfully coped with it by developing unique structural, technological and design solutions.
UMMC Holding - a leading developer in Ekaterinburg and promoter of high-rise construction not only in Ekaterinburg but also all over Russia (the company annually holds Forum 100+, the only one in Russia international conference on high-rise construction) has held an architect contest for the best concept of the Ekaterinburg City multifunction city center in the framework of the Forum 2016. The competition was arranged with the support of the Ministry for Construction and Infrastructure Development of the Sverdlovsk Region, Ekaterinburg Administration and NP SRO “Ural Gild of Builders”. The idea of the project is to hold an architectural creativity contest that would implement advanced Russian and world achievements in the field of design and construction of high-rise residential buildings and multipurpose edifices.
At the beginning of the XXI century, after the erection of a number of skyscrapers over 500 meter height, several deadlock problems in high-rise construction came to light. They are related to design and technical limitations: vertical transportation, evacuation, fire-fighting and anti-terrorism security of the objects, as well as to the complex logistics of construction operations that affects terms and exorbitant total cost per square meter. It makes such projects isolated, unprofitable, and therefore hopeless from the economic point of view and not energy effective from the technical one.
LAVA’s Zhejiang Gate Towers complex is an iconic entrance to the city of Hangzhou. The design of the two towers is based on the Chinese characters for ‘gate’, and they feature a shimmering façade of fins.
LAVA was commissioned by Shimao (Hangzhou) in 2014 to masterplan the mixed-use development, which consists of five buildings housing offices, residential, and retail. LAVA’s masterplan features fluid building masses, improved positioning of the towers from different viewing directions, logical pedestrian movement and the removal of cars from the complex.